Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202: Episode 18 – “Yamato in Crisis – The Devil’s Alternative Once More”

A big focus of this episode is on continuing the battle that’s taking place at Saturn between the Gatlanteans and the Earth forces’ Andromeda class ships. For a while, it looks like the Earth forces have the upper hand, but when Zworder warps the White Comet to the battlefield, the situation starts changing. While the Earth forces are able to blast away the white comet covering away from Zworder’s fortress, the fortress’ power is much too great for the Earth forces. It turns out being able to create all those ships with that time rift wasn’t the advantage the government thought it was going to be.

Kato also gets his subplot in this episode. After accepting Sabera’s offer in the last episode, we discover that she’s developed a cure for the illness that Kato’s son, Tsubasa, has. But, she’s obviously not giving him this information for free or with good intentions. She makes it clear in some dialogue that this is simply a game to her, nothing more. And at the end of the episode, we see Kato do something that proves once and for all that he’s made a bargain with the devil. The execution of this scene with Kato, though, was heartbreaking. The flashbacks with Tsubasa, hearing his wife’s words, and then Kato’s line of, “Daddy’s going to hell.” When this was being intercut with the Yamato preparing to fire the Anti-Wave Motion Lattice, and realizing what Kato was holding in his hands, you knew what Kato was going to do. How is Kato going to atone for this betrayal?

While the battle at Saturn was important and kind of interesting, the main thing I took away from this episode was Kato’s final scene. The deaths of all the Earth forces in the Andromeda class ships is important and was still shocking, but Kato’s final scene brings in the emotional side to the events taking place in this episode.

I’m curious to see what’s going to happen next, and how this story will continue to progress over the last few episodes. While there are slight similarities when compared to the original version of this story, enough elements have been added or changed that I can’t even begin to predict anymore what’s going to happen. But that’s not a bad thing, though. In fact, I think I prefer it this way, because this gives me something to look forward to as I watch each episode as it comes out.

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